“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Tim 6:9–10

 

A man needed to see a psychiatrist. He wanted a good one, so he went to Park Avenue in New York. As he entered the building he saw two doors: men and women. He entered the men’s door only to find two more doors: professional and non–professional. He entered the professional door and there were two more doors: Salary — under $100,000 and over $100,000. He entered the first door and found himself back on the street.

In our society of today we so often find the emphasis on what we have and not on who we are. We live in a consumer society that values possessions, often to the exclusion of who has them. The question for us is: who and what is your treasure? Jesus tells us to put things into perspective. Was he against money or the rich? No, only against those whose things blinded them to the presence of others and their needs, those who have no thought of sharing. All is God’s gift and must be shared with all God’s children. There is no other way for a Christian steward!

 

Images of Doors.  Photo by Randy von Liski

Photo by Randy von Liski